If you remember Beauty Gala’s post on the Sephora ColorPlay 5-in-1 Kit, there are five looks that Sephora created specifically for this kit. One of them, “Dinner in Paris,” is a sultry, sexy smokey eye with just the right amount of silvery sheen to it. I hear from women often that smokey eyes are intimidating for them because they feel that it will look too heavy, or they won’t blend it properly. Smokey eyes are easy to achieve with a little practice, and a handy, step-by-step guide. Beauty Gala is the source for that guide, so feel free to keep this article up as your instruction manual while you are trying this look out! But first
In order to achieve this look, I have labeled the Dinner in Paris palette, so that you will easily know which shades you need to apply, and to which part of your eye you need to apply them to. Please keep in mind that this look can also be achieved exactly the same with similar eyeshadow colors you may already own, as well. As with most eyeshadow looks, proper brushes are crucial. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on makeup brushes, or own a ton of them, but you do need the essentials. The essential brushes are below:
- First, apply L5 (light shimmery silver) all over the inner corners of your eyelids, as well as slightly onto the bottom inner eyes with a short shader brush.
- Second, apply R2 (medium frosty gray) over the entire eyelid, applying slightly past your crease for a smokey look. Blend out with your fluffy blending brush, smoking this color up and out slightly.
- Third, apply R1 (glittery black) to the outer one third of your eye, and slightly into the crease of your eye. This is where the “smokey eye” comes from. Once you have patted this color down, you will use your fluffy blending brush in circular motions to both blend and smoke the color out. This will create a gradient effect, making the black look slightly lighter as you blend up and out. It is also important to remember that how far, and in what shape you smoke out this color is entirely up to you. You can smoke it out high up on your brow bone, or stay closer to your eye for a less dramatic look.
- Fourth, apply L1 (matte black) to the outer third of your eye ONLY. This will just help to focus fire that dark, matte black color on the outer part of your eye. Do not blend into the crease, simply pat on the outer corner for added definition.
- Lastly, apply L4 underneath your eyebrows, blending with your fluffy blending brush slightly downwards, so the smokey black and your brow highlight blend together. For my skin tone, personally, L4 is the perfect brow highlight for many different makeup looks. This helps to blend the line between the smokey crease color, and make it look cleaner, as well.
- With your pencil brush, or another small brush, apply L1 close to your bottom lash line, connecting with the outer corner of your upper eye. This gives the appearance of eyeliner, without looking as harsh, and also connects the dark black outer corners of your eyes with a smokey black on your lower lash line.
- (Optional) Apply black liquid or gel eyeliner to your upper lash line for added dramatic effect. Curl your eyelashes and apply your favorite mascara.
For my lips, I lightly applied the pink lip color in this palette to my lips for a sheer wash of pink color. To top it off, and make my lips not only have a subtle shimmer, but to also lighten the pink color slightly, I applied the shimmery lip color from the palette on top. For my cheeks, I applied the blush that came in this palette lightly to the apples of my cheeks. I was careful not to apply too much blush, since we really want the eyes to be the star of the show.
Viola! Smoldering, sultry, smokey eyes.
And, just for dramatic effect, I will show you the difference between a bare eye, and a smokey eye!
You can see Beauty Gala’s Lookbook on the Sephora’s ColorPlay 5-in-1 Kit by clicking here.
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